- The 2014 Ice Cream Social was wonderful--the weather was great, and there was a record turn-out!
- Yady Rivera-Colón (PhD 2013, Garman) was featured in the Biophysical Society Newsletter!
- Keith Ballard and Bay Serrano were the poster prize winners at the 2014 CBI/BMB/BMP Joint Retreat!
- Career Day: Non-Academic Careers for Scientists and Engineers featured an esteemed panel of professionals, including CBI alumna, Kristen Huber (5/21/14). Highlights
- Congratulations to the renewing trainees: Keith Ballard, Carolyn Carr, Libbie Haglin, Karan Hingorani, Jing Liu, Bay Serrano and Cornelius Taabazuing, and also to the new trainees: Lauren Barney (Peyton Group), Molly Gordon (Thai Group), Lydia Lamriben (Hebert Group), Monifa Fahie (Chen Group), and Rob Vass (Chien Group)!
- Please welcome Michelle Farkas as the newest member of the CBI training faculty!
- Jing Liu was in the news for her work in Cell (8/13).
- Danny Schnell was selected to be recognized at the ninth annual UMass Amherst Faculty Convocation, October 4, 2013.
- CBI Newsletter 2013
- Check out the CBI Molecules!
- The ice cream social was fantastic; everyone enjoyed the opportunity to take a break and enjoy the sundaes & socializing (7/13).
- Lila Gierasch has been selected to receive the Mildred Cohn Award in Biological Chemistry (7/13).
- Jeanne Hardy received a Fulbright Scholar award from the Council for International Exchange of Scholars to pursue her research on Alzheimer’s disease (7/13).
- Congratulations to Yady Rivera-Colón and Jing Liu for winning the Joint Retreat poster prizes (6/13).
- Shelly Peyton is one of 22 researchers who have been named Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences by The Pew Charitable Trusts (6/13).
- Vince Rotello will bring low-cost, inkjet-printed nano test strips to Pakistan for drinking water tests (6/13).
- Congratulations to the 2012-2013 winners of the Awards in Scientific Communication: Monifa Fahie (Best Presentation) and Seena Koshy (Best Press Release)!
- Career Day featured a panel of esteemed guests discussing non-academic careers for life scientists and engineers; highlights (5/13).
- Jiaming Zhuang (Thayumanavan group) was awarded an extremely competitive and prestigious Graduate School Fellowship (5/13).
- Alejandro Heuck, along with Dr. Nagendra Yadava of the Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute, contributed to the development of the XF Plasma Membrane Permeabilizer (PMP), a product licensed to Seahorse Biosciences (4/13).
- Susan Roberts is featured in an enlightening article on the UMass Amherst Research NEXT website, which covers “Research, Scholarship, and Creativity for a Brighter Future” (4/13).
- The Chien lab recently used a combination of biochemistry and mass spectrometry to 'fish out' proteins targeted for degradation during bacterial development (4/13).
- Matt Holden received a NSF CAREER Award for his research on "Revealing the Mechanism of Non-endocytotic CPP-modulated Protein Delivery" (4/13).
- Thai's polymeric nanogels aid in more efficient drug delivery (4/13).
- Jeanne Hardy won the Armstrong Fund for Science Award (4/13).
- Diego Amado Torres (Thayumanavan group) was awarded one of the top 5 best poster presentations (from over 170) in the ACS Colloids and Surface Chemistry division(4/13).
- Shelly Peyton's research on breast cancer and metastasis was featured in an article by Mike Fillon in the news section of the website posting of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (3/13).
- Danny Schnell and Postdoctoral Associate Hitoshi Inoue have identified a molecular chaperone, Hsp90C, which plays a key role in determining the fate of photosynthesis proteins (2/13).
- Susan Roberts will assume the half-time position of associate dean of the Graduate School (2/13).
- Maria Santore was elected to Fellowship in the American Society for the Advancement of Science (1/13).
- Congratulations to the new trainees! Keith Ballard, Carolyn Carr, Libbie Haglin, Karan Hingorani, Jing Liu, and Bay Serrano. We'll be accepting nominations again in November 2013.
- Student-Invited Seminar featuring Chaitan Khosla (Departments of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and (by courtesy) Biochemistry, Stanford University) and hosted byTsung-Yi Lin, was held Thursday, January 31, 2013.
- Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 chalk talk prizes: Karan Hingorani, Best Molecule; Erika Saffer, Best Presentation; Nick Borotto, Best Press Release.
- Student-Invited Seminar featuring Don Engelman (Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Yale) and hosted by Fabian Romano Cherñac, was held Thursday, May 10, 2012.
- Congratulations to the recipients of the 2011 CBI Awards in Scientific Communication! Student Press Release Awards went to David Griffin, Adriana Kita and Fabian Romano Chernac; Charley Swofford won the Student Chalk Talk Award; Joanne Lau and Luis Ramirez-Tapia won the prizes for Best CBI Molecules! (8/11)
- 2011 Career Day Highlights (7/11)
- Congratulations to Elih Velazquez and Yadilette Rivera-Colón, winners of the 2011 Joint Retreat poster prizes! (6/11)
- Rotello group's work on Colorimetric Bacteria Sensing (J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2011, 133, 9650-9653) is highlighted on 22 News (6/28/11)
- Alejandro Heuck is named John Adams Investigator for work on a Translational Research Collaboration Grant with Dr. Nagendra Yadava (PVLSI) and Seahorse Biosciences (6/11)
- Hardy group and colleagues develop a Caspase Activatible-GFP apoptosis "reporter" (6/11)
- Muthu provides seminal reference on many biological processes in his new book, Polymer Translocation (5/11)
- Surita Bhatia and Sue Roberts devlop oxygen-rich alginate wound dressings to improve recovery (3/11)
- Thai honored as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for contributions to supramolecular polymer chemistry (3/11)
- Peyton group builds tissue models from polymers to study killer diseases (3/11)
- Beena Krishnan and Lila M Gierasch publish Dynamic local unfolding in the serpin α-1 antitrypsin provides a mechanism for loop insertion and polymerization in Nature Structural and Molecular Biology (1/11)
- Neil Forbes publishes review, “Engineering the perfect (bacterial) cancer therapy”, in the Nature Reviews (Cancer)(Vol 10 No 11)
- Congratulations to the recipients of the CBI Award in Scientific Communication! Student Press Release Awards went to Fabian Romano Chernac (Heuck Lab) and Whitney Stoppel (Roberts Lab); Mariel Feliciano (Chambers Lab) and Daniel Sayut (Sun Lab) won the Student Chalk Talk Award (8/10)
- A warm welcome to the three new CBI Faculty Members:
- Congratulations to Peter Chien on the arrival of
son Thomas Flanagan Chien on August 23, 2010!
- Maria Santore selected as member of the 2010 class of Fellows of The American Chemical Society, and will be honored at a special ceremony during the ACS National Meeting in Boston on August 23, 2010
- Anne Gershenson (PI), Lila Gierasch and Dan Hebert (co-PIs) awarded a highly competitive and prestigious NIH EUREKA grant for "Post-Reductionist Protein Folding: Determining the In-cell Folding Energy Landscape of a Serpin" (7/10)
- Richard Vachet elected to board of directors of American Mass Spectrometry Society (7/10)
- Congratulations to the 2010 BMB/BMP/CBI Joint Retreat poster winners: Daniel Keifenheim, Kristina Moody Giorda, Tina T. Nguyen and Satamita Samanta; and to the volleyball champs on the Garman/Vachet team (5/10)
- Career Day - May 18, 2010
- Bioengineering and life sciences research cluster including Professors Roberts, Henson, Bhatia, Forbes, approved to move into a new state-of-the-art building (5/10)
- Thai interviewed about solar technology research on WFCR (5/10)
- Maria Santore recieves a three year grant for a family travel initiative (5/10)
- Bob Weis and former graduate students Anthony Shrout and David Montefusco patent a method for assembling receptor-signaling complexes for engineering new compounds and drugs (5/10)
- Vince Rotello improving delivery of anti-cancer nanoparticle chemotherapy appears in Nature Nanotechnology (4/10)
- Thai's recent publication in the Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry (4/10)
- Thai and collegues' discovery of how to move protons and improve hydrogen fuel cell technology reported in Nature Chemistry (4/10)
- Greg Tew awarded the American Chemical Society Division of Polymer Chemistry 2010 Polymer Division Fellowship at the ACS Spring Meeting in San Francisco (3/10)
- Thai's key article on photovoltaics was chosen for the recent JACS Select on Harnessing Energy for a Sustainable World (3/10)
- Vince Rotello chosen by the ACS to receive one of two 2010 Langmuir Lectureship Awards for his cutting-edge research (3/10)
- Garman lab in the news: "UMass Amherst Biochemists Provide New Key for Treating Fabry Disease, a Rare Childhood Disorder" (2/10)
- Lila Gierasch receives Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin award (Genetech) for using biophysical methods to study biological systems, and will be honored at the Protein Society's Annual Symposium
- Craig Martin and Xiaoqing Liu discover how cells create stability during critical DNA-to-RNA transfers (12/09)
- Vince Rotello recognized for “distinguished contributions to supramolecular chemistry, particularly the use of nanoparticles in self-assembly and sensing” (12/09)
- Neil Forbes' research on cancer cure by bacteria featured in NPR (12/09)
- Danny Schnell selected to present the 2009 Nathan Edward Tolbert Endowed Lectureship in Plant Biochemistry, "Protein trafficking to chloroplasts: Mechanism and role in plastid development, "at Michigan State University (11/09)
- Congratulations to Eugenia and Alejandro--Linus Juan Heuck was born 11/3!
- Lila Gierasch receives supplement to use a computational model to explore how proteins utilize the Hsp70 molecular chaperone network to achieve their proper folded state
- Dan Hebert's grant for Cellular Protein Maturation and Degradation, aimed at understanding how proteins fold and mature in mammalian cells, and how the cell evaluates and discards improperly matured proteins, renewed
- Sue Roberts, Elsbeth Walker (Bio) and Jennifer Normanly (BMB) establish a Taxol™ consortium that applies molecular biology approaches to characterizing and manipulating Taxus metabolism for production of the anti-cancer agent paclitaxel (Taxol™)
- Craig Martin named Department Head of Chemistry
- UMass Amherst awarded $7 million in NIH stimulus funds to create shared lab and instrument space and build two new labs in Lederle. Jennifer Normanly (BMB) recognizes CBI Program as catalyst for project aimed at strengthening collaborations: "This proposal grew directly out of a really terrific training program known as the Chemistry Biology Interface that we’ve had in place for 15 years" (9/09)
- CBI receives additional Trainee Slot through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009!
- Congratulations to Min Chen and Matt Holden on new baby, Neil Chen Holden! (9/09)
- Cornelius Taabazuing, formerly an undergrad student in the Schnarr lab, spent the summer working with Nobel Laureate Tom Cech (8/09)
- Image developed by members of the Thai Group featured in JACS Image Challenge (8/09)
- Jeanne Hardy appears on EcoExchange WGBY for work with CCI (8/09)
- Please welcome the newest addition to Surita Bhatia's family, Evan Arjun Khalifah! He was born July 19, 2009, and weighed in at 9 lbs 14 oz.
- Welcome Peter Chien (BMB) and Matt Holden (Chem) the newest CBI faculty (7/09)
- Vince Rotello, Joe Jerry and colleagues' work "Detection and differentiation of normal, cancerous, and metastatic cells using nanoparticle-polymer sensor arrays" featured in PNAS (6/09)
- Brad Pearse (Hebert Lab) won a gift certificate to Pasta E Basta for his poster, “Loss of the ER Quality Control Aensor GT1 Results in Mislocalization of an Endogenous Aubstrate to Intracellular Deposits,” at the Joint Retreat (6/09)
- Antonio Viana (Schnell Lab) won a gift certificate to Pasta E Basta for his poster, “Determinants for stop-transfer and post-import pathways for protein targeting to the chloroplast inner envelope membrane,” at the Joint Retreat (6/09)
- Lila Gierasch elected to the Nominating Committee of the American Peptide Society (Sp/09)
- Gregory Tew received a $100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support a global health research project exploring how synthetic AMOs interact with the immune system (5/09)
- Thai's research on three-part polymer featured in Chemistry World (5/09)
- Alejandro Heuck selected to be the 2009 Diseases of Infants and Children Scholar by the American Lung Association (5/09)
- Mike Maroney awarded a College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Outstanding Faculty Award in the area of research (5/09)
- Dan Hebert awarded a College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Outstanding Faculty Award in the area of research (5/09)
- Lila Gierasch and Rob Smock write "Sending Signals Dynamically" featured as the cover story in the April 10 issue of the journal Science (4/09)
- CBI Trainee Mariel Feliciano featured in UMass news article discussing the use and importance of both chemistry and biology for studying memory in the Chambers lab (4/09)
- Scott Garman receives University Distinguished Teaching Award, which "recognizes and honors individual excellence" in teaching across the university (4/09)
- Vince Rotello and Bappaditya Samanta's work, "Magnetic Nano-'shepherds' Organize Cells," featured in Science Daily (4/09)
- Craig Martin awarded a $45,000 special grant from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation to create a 'Molecular Playground' for ISB (3/09)
- "Amphiphilic nanoassemblies for the detection of peptides and proteins using fluorescence and mass spectrometry" by R. Vachet, Thai, M. Azagarsamy, A. Gomez-Escudero, and V. Yesilyurt, featured in RSC's Analyst (3/09)
- Thai lab's work, "Sensitive polymers show drug delivery promise", featured in Chemistry World, Royal Society of Chemistry (3/09)
- The most accessed paper of 2008 in Advanced Materials was “Applications of Nanoparticles in Biology,” by V. Rotello, M. De and P. Ghosh (2/09)
- INDUSTRY & SYMPOSIUM EVENTS 2009
- Frontiers of Cellular Imaging Symposium
Monday, May 11, 2009
- Industry Seminar, Life Technologies
Monday, April 13 at 2:45
Gunness Student Center (Marcus Hall)
Dr. Steven Menchen, Life Technologies (formerly Applied Biosystems) “New technologies for high throughput DNA Sequencing”
- Pharma Careers Discussion Panel
Thursday, April 9 at 2:15
Consisting of Tomi Sawyer, Adjunct UMass Chemistry Professor/Senior Vice-President, Drug Discovery & Innovative Technologies, Aileron Therapeutics; Pat Walters, Senior Research Fellow at Vertex Pharmaceuticals; Jeanne Hardy, UMass Chemistry Professor formerly with Sunesis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; and Ray D'Alonzo, UMass Chemistry Professor retired from Procter & Gamble.
- Vince Rotello Appointed Associate Editor for North America for the Journal of Materials Chemistry (12/08)
- Lila Gierasch and Beena Krishnan featured in Chemistry and Biology for developing a way to slip a fluorescent marker into a cell’s molecular machines so it lights up when it has formed the proper shape to carry out the cell’s “work orders” (10/08)
- Chalk Talk Schedule for 2008-09
- A warm welcome to the two newest CBI faculty members, Jim Chambers and Nate Schnarr
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